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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 16, 2011 3:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

Not to sound hysterical, but the first set of 6-20-80 was one of the best, the last half of GD career.
Straw is solid. Franklin's sparkles. The cowboy, polka tandem is spicy. Enemies of the plinky keyboard sound stay clear of FOTD. Otherwise it's very good. Evocative. This whole show has its own sound and feel. LIG and Althea are foundational versions for me. ETLY.. Solid Sailor & Saint. I do not like Deal in general, but this is one I listen to. For the '80-'95 time frame, it doesn't get much better.
The second set is O.K.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-06-20.sbd.bertha.tetzeli.fix-25468.73846.reflac.flac16

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jan 16, 2011 6:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

It's one of my favorite 1st sets and the Althea is the one I always go to when I want to hear it played just exactly perfectly.

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Poster: gumby69 Date: Jan 17, 2011 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

Deadmax: "It's one of my favorite 1st sets and the Althea is the one I always go to when I want to hear it played just exactly perfectly."

I feel the same way about 3-28-81 Grugahalle. That Althea is the one to which i base all others. That whole first set is great and actually better than the second (jerry seemed too wasted in the second, in this case not a positive).

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jan 17, 2011 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

I'll give that one a listen. Thanks for the head's up.

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Poster: gumby69 Date: Jan 18, 2011 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

Deadmax:"I'll give that one a listen. Thanks for the head's up."

Here's a couple of vids from that show.
Althea:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQFeuAbLHro
Sugaree:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpFE_1yzr7w

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jan 16, 2011 6:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

Polka? I never heard that about Franklin's before. You know its actually based on the doo-dodoo-dodoo singing of Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 16, 2011 6:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

I believe LiA brought the LR > Franklin's to my attention here,

http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2010/09/velvets-and-dead.html

Bobby declares to the auditorium at 2:05 into Mexicali that , "Everybody loves a polka!" . One of the best post '72-'74 Mexicali's .

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Jan 16, 2011 9:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

you don't like Deal??

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 17, 2011 2:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

Yes PK, a tune that did get much better with age, sets my teeth on edge. I have no rational reason. It has all the ingredients for a good tune, but leaves me personally cold.
Except live. I really liked it live. Wacky dhead.
Happy New Year and such PK. Hope you are doing well.

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Jan 18, 2011 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alaska 1980

craziness dude. i'm rocking out here. hope you're doing well as well.